Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 354,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $306.71 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S $5 MS obverse 1897 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1897-S Liberty $5 gold half eagle only had a mintage of 354,000 pieces. Few were saved, and not many survived in mint state. In fact, NGC has only graded four coins above MS64.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1897 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 535 585 690 900 1000 1650 4700 8250 - 21000 42000 105000 - -
$ - - 545 595 750 - - 2150 5600 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 419
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 69


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Grade
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6/11/2017 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 8010


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
8/4/2001 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2001 Atlanta, GA Bullet Sale #268, 268/Lot# 1439 $155.25
9/6/2004 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1663 $3,680.00
1/15/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) US Coin Final Session #455, 455/Lot# 10330 $747.50
7/17/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6140 $379.50
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 3801 $3,220.00
2/22/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3230, 3230/Lot# 1998 $460.00
12/22/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 141804 $396.00
8/18/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42732 $440.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base865933949966990102810441051109511101138118612711505196947564992695186441184233
8889389559741003103310461066110011191154121413491660289848355645751597101184230
00000010461066110011191154121413491660289848355645751597101184200
000000104910801105112911701243142718143827491362988080107761184200
1897 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base921993101010271051109211081115125713261460169717992345387549525582721093221277533
9459991016103510651097111011621280137115391731198128554234516261257914104731277530
000000111011621280137115391731198128554234516261257914104731277500
000000111312101303141516181765216333654593537266678618116241277500
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1271
Owner: WFH71
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1110
Owner: ddr70
 
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